RICK MARCOTTE CENTRAL SCHOOL Principal Kathleen Kilbourne

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JAN 2021


Jan 19th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd ALL IN SCHOOL ON SITE (no remote day this week)

Feb. 5th Report Cards Issued

Feb. 22nd- March 3rd Winter Break (NO SCHOOL)

March 3,4,5 will now be PK-5- in school on all three days (no remote time that week)

MS/HS - 3rd will be a gray pack day, 4th and 5th will be gray pack days.

April 1st and 2nd will be half days


Do you have any gloves or mittens your children have out grown that you can share with Nurse Cannon, for our students who do not have any? We are completely out of resources to share at this time in the mitten dept! New donations also gladly accepted. Thanks for helping to take good care of ALL our students. IF your student gets a pair from the health office please write their name/initials in the mittens, as they are to keep (we cannot swap and share at this time). Thank YOU!!!

Valentine's Day 2021: At all 3 South Burlington Elementary Schools

Valentine's Day 2021:

Dear SB Elementary Families:

In an effort to keep everyone safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are asking for our students and staff to celebrate Valentine’s Day differently this year at school.

Please DO NOT send in any Valentine’s day treats or cards (homemade or store bought) to your student’s classroom (or school) this year. If your student's classroom teacher chooses to celebrate, all necessary materials and items will be provided. Thanks for your understanding.

Substitute Openings in the South Burlington School District

Are you looking to get more involved at your child’s school? Need a bit of extra income or additional work experience? Apply to substitute now for one or more of the following:

- Classroom Teacher (all subjects and all levels)

- Paraeducator or Interventionist

- School Nurse (RN) or Nurse Assistant (LPN) (Must have appropriate licensure and/or certifications)

- Custodian

- Food Preparation/Cook

- Bus Driver

All SBSD substitutes are required to undergo a criminal record check and be fingerprinted for a VT public school District.

Current Job Openings in the South Burlington School District

Seeking a career change? Feel like your skills and abilities aren’t recognized enough at your current job? Looking for a job where you’re on the same schedule as your kids?

We are seeking candidates for the following positions

- Bus Driver (CDL, Class B with passenger, air brakes, and school bus endorsement preferred, training may be available to the right candidates)

- On-call Second Shift Custodian

- Interventionist

- Paraeducators

-Long Term Subs, classroom teachers

These positions will remain open until filled. For more details on open positions, visit Keyword: South Burlington School District, or contact Karen Dantzscher, HR Director at 652-7256 or

Interested candidates may apply through one of the following options:

1) Apply at Keyword: South Burlington School District.

2) E-mail a current resume, cover letter, and 3 references to . Please indicate which position(s) you are applying for.

Mail a current resume, cover letter, and 3 references to: South Burlington School District, Human Resources, 500 Dorset Street, South Burlington, VT 05403. Please indicate which position(s) you are applying for.

Karen Dantzscher, SPHR

Director of Human Resources

South Burlington School District

South Burlington, VT 05403


Welcome to Student Teachers and Staff transferring to RMCS!

Welcome to our transferred staff members, and our student teachers at RMCS, starting in Jan 2021:

Angela Merrill is joining our staff as a transferred interventionist from the middle school. She is serving in Ms Kulhowvick's room.

Louis Merola will be transferring to our Math Para position beginning on Tues. Jan 19th. We are glad to be able to continue to work with him in this new role. Connie Metz will be in next week in third grade.

Jeanne Nue will joining us from FTMS as an interventionist in Mrs. Mitchell's room.

Ethan O'Day (from GCS) is helping us to fill Mrs.Wilson's role while she is out.

Julia Kilcollins will be student teaching with Kait Hale (1/4)

Sierra Spence will be student teaching with Erika Rito (1/18)

James Costa will be student teaching with Kristen Kavanagh (1/11)

LOST AND FOUND Call 652 7200 to claim your items

Please WALK your Bike once on the sidewalk

Due to snowy and icey conditionsm and the fact that both walkers and bikers are using the same sidewalks, we are asking that bike riders please walk your bike once on the sidewalk next to our school parking lot. For the safety of both the bikers and the walkers we would like to add this precaution. Thank you for your help to keep everyone safe!

Zooming with NASA Astronauts in Mr. Knepp's class

Students in Mr. Knepp’s 4th grade class had the chance to join a virtual conversation hosted by U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Astronaut Zena Cardman in coordination with the Vermont Space Grant Consortium and NASA on Thursday, January 14. Students had the opportunity to ask questions and learn about NASA’s exciting plans to go back to the moon and beyond as part of the Artemis Generation!

Common Roots Episode 2: Squash and Abenaki Foodways

Episode #2: Winter Squash and Abenaki Foodways / Curriculum

With gratitude for the Abenaki agricultural traditions, our second video about squash celebrates the gifts of today and yesterday. Journey with Farmer Fae into the fall harvest on the farm, discover the Seven Sisters, and enjoy a culinary lesson with Abenaki chef Jesse and our own chef Zack. Learn how to carry on the tradition of seed saving and be surprised to learn that familiar squashes on our dinner table have been tended by the Abenaki for ten thousand years. Curriculum wellness support written for ages 4-7, 8-12, teen to adult, pre-natal, and elders is available and invites you on a deeper journey into how to cultivate a community that caretakes our soil and ourselves.

Mrs.Eddy's 4th graders built "Chain Reaction Machines" this week!

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School Nurse Notes

Dear Families,

We continue to be so thankful and appreciative of your communication, understanding and follow-through as we press on with navigating through these sticky waters. We acknowledge that many symptoms mimic the common cold and yet we know of people who have experienced minimal symptoms who have also tested positive. Please continue to follow the Return to School Following Illness guidance. As nurses, we will try to follow-up with students who are absent to help families determine next steps for a safe return to school.

Click here to find out what to do when you are waiting for COVID test results. And click here for an outline of what isolating, quarantining and self-observing means.

COVID translations can be found here.

Click here to access the Vermont Department of Health's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions site. The site is filled with up-to-date information for commonly asked questions.

COVID-19 PCR Testing Sites:

  • If you/your student are sick, please contact your health care provider, to determine if testing is needed.
  • If you/your student are not sick, but need a test, consider scheduling a test at a pop-up site on the Health Department's website: "Where to Get Tested" or call the Health Department @ 863-7240.

Annual Report RMCS Welcome Narrative

While the following "Welcome Narrative" will be printed in the Annual Report, I know not everyone reads that document fully.This summarizes briefly some highlights about our amazing school.

Rick Marcotte Central School (RMCS) is located at 200 Market Street. RMCS sits in a part of our city that will also become home to our new town offices, town library, and a senior living community just across the parking lot from us. We look forward to the many future partnerships and collaboration this will bring to our students. We are home to over 400 students in grades Pre-K through 5 who are served in twenty- one classrooms and in a building where each space is being fully utilized. We are fortunate to have a diverse student population, including 26 languages spoken. Our skilled and loving staff provide a wide variety of learning experiences that support and encourage each individual learner as they develop their “best self” academically and socially. Collectively, our job is to facilitate the growth and development of our students to become critical thinkers who contribute to their local and global community. We value and uphold inclusionary practices that celebrate and acknowledge both our individual gifts and talents, and our collective connectedness as whole people who together create a community of learners.

This year, more than ever, it is critical to emphasize our social/ emotional wellness and selfcare in order to be available for academic learning and rigor. At RMCS we are using Morning Meetings (Responsive Classroom), Positive Behavioral Supports (PBIS), Mindfulness, and teaching self-regulation to students so that they are able to then focus on the many tasks in each school day. All staff, who have diverse areas of expertise, contribute to a team approach for each child. Relationships matter most…we build those with various adults in our building with intention and purpose.

Along with our sister schools, Orchard and Chamberlin School, we provide an excellent well rounded education for our South Burlington elementary students. For both academics and social emotional learning, we use a multi-tier system of support that begins with strong foundational teaching in each classroom, followed by data driven decisions that allow us to meet each child where they are, to build upon their strengths. We are also beginning to use “Response to Intervention” (RTI) to support students who would benefit from further services, or service provided in a different way to better meet their learning styles.

We value the education and development of our children cognitively, socially, emotionally, and physically. To that end we have a robust creative arts programming that includes: Music, Art, Library Media, and Physical Education.

Our PTO supports many special events, and invites you to join us in the planning and implementation of connecting our students beyond the walls of our school, with communities and families. Parents are their child’s first teacher. Our home school partnerships are essential to our children’s success.

RMCS is an energized and rigorous learning community where children and adults become lifelong learners who understand the importance of taking care of ourselves and one another, while embracing a variety of challenges and opportunities.

Dress For the Weather

The cold weather is here! Please be sure you send your child with long pants, snow pants, boots, jacket, hats, and mittens to wear at recess every day. Remember to label your child’s outdoor gear.

Please label all your children's winter gear with their name or initials for easy return to the correct child if it should get misplaced.


  • Keep your hands and head covered to prevent heat loss
  • On really cold days, wear a scarf over your face and mouth
  • Wear a warm coat that deflects the wind
  • Wear warm, waterproof boots
  • Woolen clothing helps to retain the heat
  • Wear clothing or carry knapsacks with reflective material - it's important to be seen
  • If possible, change wet clothes at school - tuck an extra pair of socks and mitts into knapsacks

Below -13oF is considered too cold for walking--move your walk indoors, or select another day for outdoor activities and walking to school.


COVID-19 Parent & Caregiver Guide

No matter how prepared you are, an outbreak can be stressful. Here are some recommendations to promote your family's well-being during COVID-19.


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